Even as a CISO, he doesn’t confine himself to a cybersecurity, risk management and governance leader. Ratan Jyoti, CISO, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Ltd. sees his role as that of a change agent enabling digital transformation.
Jyoti has successfully traversed the journey from a data warehouse architect to a CISO through his sheer belief in lifelong learning. A belief that he has embraced throughout his over two decades long career. Even today, with all the achievements he has to his credit, Jyoti refuses to rest on his laurels. With cybersecurity as a moving goalpost, he sees success in staying adaptive and dynamic through continuous knowledge exchange.
To stay relevant in this changing cyber threat landscape, Jyoti stresses on the importance of CISOs diversifying their skillsets, not only in technical areas but also in management and leadership.
One look at his LinkedIn posts and one can understand his passion for sharing knowledge. From sharing how AWS Cloudfront works, threat matrix for Kubernetes – MITRE ATT&CK Framework, tips for reverse engineering malicious code and API security checklists to sharing various cheatsheets and tutorials – Jyoti consistently engages with his peers in sharing and creating awareness.
It is this thirst for knowledge and intrinsic curiosity that led him to occasionally dabble into infosec areas even though it was not his domain during the early phase of his career.
While Jyoti started gradually transitioning himself into an infosec professional, his formal journey in the domain started at Vijaya Bank where he worked for nearly 9 years and was elevated to the CISO position. In 2016 when Ujjivan Financial Services got an in-principle approval from RBI to set up a small finance bank, he got the opportunity to become the bank’s first CISO with responsibility for setting up its entire infosec infrastructure as per the banking standards.
At Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Ltd. he has been instrumental in safeguarding the bank’s assets from cyber threats by establishing a holistic information and cyber security infrastructure as well as by promoting information security within the organization. He is also a member of change control board, IT strategy and ORM committee.
A master in computer application, Jyoti is a speaker at various forums and has been recognized among the thought leaders shaping the cybersecurity landscape in India.